Boomers in general, and bohemian boomers in particular, are often mocked as the Peter Pans of the new millennium; the lost boys – and girls – skipping through middle age singing “I won’t grow up, I don’t want to wear a tie, and a serious expression, in the middle of July.”
Do we care? Should we care?
The other night, my husband and I went to the movie theatre where our 20-something son works taking tickets. We stopped to chat to him and he introduced us to the off-duty policeman standing next to him working security. Later, our son told us that officer Steve had commented on how “youthful” his parents were. Now, I know his comment was probably intended solely as a compliment, but…the little cynical woman who sits on my shoulder (given my German ancestry, I call her “Frau Blucher” <insert horse whinny here>) kept whispering, “that’s just a nice way of saying you’re immature!”
Which made me ponder another question: will our refusal to follow the conventional wisdom about middle age mean we’ll never be taken seriously by the rest of American society? Is our generation just a joke?
Or am I just indulging in a bit too much navel-gazing for you here?
Part of me says, “Who cares – all nonconformists are ridiculed.” But then that little Frau on my shoulder pipes up again and whispers, “You boomers’ non-conformity has actually made you cliche.”
I gotta figure out how to get her deported.
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